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Prosecutor hosts somber ceremony as South Carolina tops list in deadly violence against woman


COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina's top prosecutor is hosting a somber ceremony to honor the state's victims killed by domestic violence.

Attorney General Alan Wilson is holding the 18th annual Silent Witness Domestic Violence ceremony on Thursday on the Statehouse steps.

Relatives, friends and advocates will hold up life-sized silhouettes representing last year's known victims. One silhouette will represent the potential unknown victims.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The latest report by the Violence Police Center again ranks South Carolina worst in the nation for deadly violence against women. The 57 known deaths in 2013 compare to 50 a year earlier.

It marked South Carolina's fourth time atop the list. The state ranked second last year and has been in the top 10 annually for the last 18 years.

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